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Socrates Sculpture Park Releases Design of Its First Permanent Home

In celebration of its thirtieth anniversary, Socrates Sculpture Park has released design renderings for the Cubes, its new 2,640-square-foot two-story home. The building will provide space for the park’s educational and public programming, exhibitions, and administrative offices.

Located at the main entrance to the park, at Vernon Boulevard, the Cubes will be the park’s first permanent structure. Designed by the local architectural firm LOT-EK, the flexible and sustainable space incorporates a 720-square-foot structure made up of six shipping containers originally commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art. It served as temporary offices for the institution during its transition from the Marcel Breuer building to its new location downtown. The institution donated the structure to Socrates Sculpture Park when it no longer needed the extra space.

LOT-EK will add twelve additional shipping containers to the recycled structure, embracing the park’s belief that reclamation and revitalization are essential for the environment and referencing its industrial roots. Historically, the park has repurposed shipping containers as temporary storage units, open-air artist studios, and education areas.

“Once an industrial landfill, Socrates Sculpture Park is now one of the city’s most exciting, interactive, and accessible spaces for public art,” NYC Parks commissioner Mitchell Silver said. “With the installation of ‘The Cubes,’ Socrates will be able to host year-round programming, reaching even more New Yorkers. We’re grateful for our partnership with Socrates Sculpture Park and look forward to growing and expanding this cultural gem on the waterfront.”

The park, which draws 150,000 visitors each year, has presented public artworks by more than 1,000 artists and organized programming that has served 10,000 youths annually, and it also hosts programming from opera, dance, and film festivals to community-service events such as job-creation initiatives.